Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gramma Camp Wrap Up

I always have great ambitions of blogging again. I was going to do a five part series on the six days of my Gramma Camp. Well, it has been six weeks since camp, so let's just look at some highlights. 

I found a fun idea on Pinterest and gave it a spin. Why do tie-dyed t-shirts when a pillow case will last longer? I found bulk pillow cases on eBay, bought some inexpensive squirt guns and filled them with fabric paint mixed with a little water. Hung them dry, ironed them on high setting, washed in warm water, re-ironed and sent them home. The kids loved this one. 
 Painting tool boxes. Temperatures were in the 90's so we moved several activities indoors. 
 Luckily my youngest granddaughter has a pool in a nearby town and invited us over in the evenings. 
 My older grandchildren, a 10 year old and 8 year old twins are now my counselors and create activities on their own. 
 To escape the 100 degree temperatures on the third day we went to an indoor playground. 
 Then my husband and I took 8 grandchildren aged 10 and under to a Mexican restaurant by ourselves. Because we are that crazy. 
 I had an engineering challenge each day for the oldest four who do not take naps. This was constructing a house from spaghetti and mini marshmallows. 
 It cooled off slightly and we took them to a nearby "touch a truck" event and got caught in a horrendous thunderstorm. 
 Another Pinterest activity - suncatchers made from glue and glass beads. Note: glitter glue does not work. The glue evaporated and left the glitter. I refilled the plastic lids with regular glue and they are still drying
 More Pinterest
 The camp theme was construction so we learned how to make concrete. 
 We broke up chipped dishes and put them in cake tin filled concrete to make a walkway in my fair garden. FYI - 1 large bag of concrete fills 8 disposable cake pans. 
 Then my engineers made bridges from popsicle sticks. 
 We toured my granddaughter's Uncle Joe's farm where they have a cattle operation with almost 1,000 head of cattle. My counselors were very interested in the electrical grid and all the mechanics of the operation. They are still talking about it. 
 And my two year olds are still talking about the cows and mooing.
 They made Uncle Joe a giant thank you card. 
 The next morning we made our annual beach trip to the north coast. We can almost see Canada from here. 
 We always follow our beach outing with a trip to the local pizza buffet. 
 The engineers attempted gazebos from coffee stirrers. 
 We visited Uncle Michael's to check on the status of his vintage car project and enjoy a potluck dinner. 
 Then back to Uncle Troy's pool. 
And camp finished on Friday with a big kid trip to the Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library and Museum. 

We dropped these kids off at their homes and immediately left for a funeral three states away. It was a very hot and very busy camp week. I always make Shutterfly photobooks for each family for Christmas to help remember all our camp memories. 

Miss Merry